THIS IS THE VOICE!!!
Oh yes, the hit singing competition is back for 11th season on NBC, but the addition of two new coaches changes everything this time.
Or so we've been promised.
While Miley Cyrus joining The Voice, or Miley Cyrus wanting off The Voice, has dominated headlines, she did not dominate the premiere.
That job went to:
1. Alicia Keys.
2. The talent.
Yes, the aspiring singing greats who have earned the show three straight Emmys and 11 total seasons on the air carried the day again.
Funny how that works, right? As for the coaches, Alicia snagged three contestants on night one, while Blake also recruited three singers.
Miley went home with two, while Adam - who nearly lost his mind when Keys stole a diehard Maroon 5 fanboy from him - corralled one.
Let's break down the first crop of singers on The Voice Season 11 and where they ended up - as well as how they made that decision ...
Jason Warrior: Team Alicia
His take on Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” got better once Adam turned around, but then Keys turned and that was all she wrote.
“My heart sank when Alicia turned,” Adam lamented, and given that he's been a fan of Alicia's since he was two, that makes a lot of sense.
Dave Moisan: Team Alicia
A 33-year-old medical device sales rep, family man, and former Junior Olympian, Moisan actually once beat Michael Phelps in swimming.
Clearly, Mike got the last laugh there, but his true hero is none other than The Voice's own Adam Levine, who inspired him to pursue music.
Despite that, after a nice four-chair turn, Dave SHOCKED THE WORLD (or maybe just Adam) by joining forces with newcomer Alicia!
Courtnie Ramirez: Team Miley
A spunky 17-year-old with “Team Miley” plastered all over her face, that's exactly where she ended up with Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best.”
Miley and Alicia turned, but Cyrus' praise of her “rocker vibe” and “swaggy walk” were enough to land her on Team Cyrus here this fall.
Sundance Head: Team Blake
The memorably named blues/country singer may also be memorable to American Idol Season 6 viewers, where he made the final 16.
Of course, that was nine years ago, and he's now 37, so we can forgive The Voice for not mentioning that. His performance also spoke for itself.
Sundance covered Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and got Blake and Adam to turn around. Advantage Blake, clearly.
Shelton compared Sundance to Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap, and Chris Stapleton, and when asked for help, Head's kids both shouted “Blake!”
Ali Caldwell: Team Miley
A 28-year-old former member of the R&B group Exhale, Ali performed Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” and all four chairs turned.
Even after Adam and Blake laid it on real thick with their sales pitches, and Alicia seemed to have it locked up, Miley scored the singer!
Riley Elmore: Team Adam
After another old school showdown between the boys, faux Sinatra Riley ended up being Team Adam’s only recruit of the first episode.
Dana Harper: Team Blake
The daughter of NBA star Derek Harper, 25, went with an unexpected song choice in Nick Jonas’s “Jealous,” turning it into a ballad.
Alicia, Adam, and Blake heard enough to turn around, and like Ali, Keys seemed like the favorite until Shelton swooped in for the win.
Gabe Broussard: Team Blake
After falling in love with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Beatles’ music at rock camp, 15 (!) year-old Gabe was an interesting find.
His performance of “Lonely Night in Georgia,” vintage WGWG persona and inspiring, sad back story made him an instant fan favorite.
As a for coaches' favorite?
Blake and Miley turned around, and the country great got the nod from the youngster - even if Miles might have been a better match.
Christian Cuevas: Team Alicia
A 20-year-old Guitar Center worker, football player, and worship leader, he's also the son of late Puerto Rican music star Julio Cuevas.
Christian's performance of “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” got the chairs to spin around faster than you'll ever see on the show.
Cuevas, a la Jordan Smith, was anointed the frontrunner from the very start - and on Team Alicia, no less - but can he live up to the hype?
The rosters thus far in Season 11:
Team Alicia: Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan, Christian Cuevas, and We McDonald (from last month's Olympics premiere tease).
Team Miley: Courtnie Ramirez, Ali Caldwell, and Darby Walker (also from last month's Olympics Voice premiere preview).
Team Blake: Sundance Head, Gabe Broussard, and Dana Harper.
Team Adam: Riley Elmore.